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Regular Season: 5 wins, 6 losses
PLAYER GOALS Eli 16 9 Luke 11 7 Ari 8 5 Matthew 4 7 Danny 4 7 Em 1 10 Steven 3 5 Tyler 4 1 Joe 3 2 Hayden 3 0 Anthony 2 0 Ben 0 3 Connor 1 2 Wyndham 0 2
Tournament Play: 7 wins, 7 losses
Comstock Shootout (Carson City): semifinalists
Davis World Cup: bracket winners; quarterfinalists
Wyndham May, Tyler Darrah, Danny Pugh
Matthew Austin, Anthony Berardi, Luke Hampton, Hayden Smith
Ben Crow, Em Medina, Wyndham May, Joe Murray, Steven Orr
Anthony Berardi, Tyler Darrah, Em Medina, Steven Orr, Danny Pugh, Ari Styne
Connor Anderson, Eli Siegel
Davis Vertigo established themselves early in the season as the dominant U-12 Boys team from Davis. However, it wasn’t until recent tournament play that the team noticeably improved and was able to compete with the strongest competition from other cities. While coaches Steve Hampton and Kurt Austin re-molded the lineup, at the same time the players’ tenacity and field play also improved. Vertigo is noteworthy as a team not dominated by any one star, and a team with great flexibility in terms of player positioning. In the end, Eli Siegel and Connor Anderson occupied the forward positions, where Siegel’s shot and Anderson’s aggressiveness created problems for opposing defenses. Ari Styne, Danny Pugh, Tyler Darrah, Em Medina, Steven Orr, and Anthony Berardi shared duties at midfield, providing both offensive flair and defensive help. While Styne has been a constant offensive threat throughout the season, Pugh, Orr, and Berardi were especially active on the offensive end in the final tournament. It was the midfielders’ help on defense, however, that was key to Vertigo’s resurgence as a team. Darrah and Medina were especially consistent at aiding the back line. Joe Murray and Ben Crow, and sometimes Medina, occupied Vertigo’s dual-stopper positions. Their ever-improving knack for intercepting passes, controlling high volleys, and pounding the ball back up field contributed to the offense as much as it helped the defense. On the backline, Luke Hampton and Matthew Austin, forwards at the beginning of the season, provided a level of technical skills and speed that neutralized most opposing offensive attacks. With reliable help from Anthony Berardi and the solid play of Hayden Smith at sweeper, the Vertigo defense became extraordinarily tight, allowing an average of just 1.0 goals per game, and three shutouts, in the last two tournaments. Wyndham May’s heroics in goal delighted the fans, and in the end he earned the primary duties as goalkeeper, though Tyler Darrah and Danny Pugh provided solid relief.
Siegel led the offensive statistics with 16 goals and 9 assists. Em Medina led in the assist category, with 10, testimony to Vertigo’s impressive ability to score on corner kicks. The assists were remarkably spread across the team, with seven players providing between 5 and 10, demonstrating Vertigo’s versatility.
Vertigo was 5-6 in the regular season (including friendlies), 7-7 in tournament play, and 12-13 overall. The team’s best play came in the last two tournaments, where they were bracket winners and quarterfinalists in the Davis World Cup.